Reason #4: Rather than rely on Kanye West's cosign to boost his profile, Pusha T proved that he could stand on his own two feet with My Name Is My Name.
It would've made a lot of sense for Pusha to drop MNIMN back in late 2010 after he signed to G.O.O.D. Music. Fresh off his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, his star was shining brightly. But it would have felt like he was doing it just to ride Kanye's coattails. Make no mistake about it: Kanye's fingerprints are all over MNIMN. But it doesn't feel like Kanye sat down and mapped out the entire album for Pusha. Instead, he gave Pusha the space he needed to perfect his own project and then fine-tuned some things later. But Pusha is the one who put his blood, sweat and tears into the album. And even though it took him awhile to do it, the final product is better than it would have been had he rushed to put it out three years ago.
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